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New Zealand Flight Evacuated After Hoax Note Found  
User currently offlineNZ560 From New Zealand, joined May 2006, 240 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3697 times:


More than 100 passengers were evacuated on Friday from a flight headed to New Zealand from a regional Australian airport after a note containing a hoax bomb threat was found before it took off, police said.

The flight operated by Freedom Air, a budget subsidiary of Air New Zealand, was due to take off from the Coolangatta airport in northern Queensland state for New Zealand when a passenger found an apparently threatening note.

"It was a hoax," Australian Federal Police (AFP) spokesman Nicholas Pedley said.

Pedley said all 107 passengers were evacuated from the plane and all were safe. The plane was towed away from the terminal to a remote corner of the airport and searched, he said.

When will people learn??  banghead 

-OJL RIP Also to the 7 onboard
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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7232 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3638 times:

Wow, very unfortunate that this kind of this is going on. Waste of money for the airline, and a waste of time for police, airline officials, security and the passengers who I am sure would have more pressing real issues to attend to.

User currently offlineNYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1388 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3553 times:

Quoting NZ560 (Thread starter):
was due to take off from the Coolangatta airport in northern Queensland state

An obvious typo, but Coolangatta is in southern Queensland. No big deal.

People who are caught making hoaxes should be prosectued to the fullest extent, and be made respnosible for loss of revenue and costs associated with the bomb search.

User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 5283 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3438 times:

I guess there is one advantage to the US govt policy of fingerprint scanning arriving passengers into the US... if they pull off some stupid stunt like this it is easy enough to get the prints and match them to their arrival.

Anyone caught doing this should be fined and be banned from flying. I know many airlines have a policy of not allowing a passenger who makes a threat/hoax from flying again (for at least a certain period), and many will then let their competitors also know so that the person is denied boarding by other airlines also.

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